Alzheimer's disease is a devastating disease that attacks the brain and over five million Americans have been diagnosed with the disease. While it is know to attack the over sixty age group, it has been known to affect people in their forties and fifties. The most common characteristics I have experienced are memory loss, loss of the ability to communicate, disorientation and confusion. Although there is a plethora of research projects searching for a cure, there is no cure so far. Many baby bloomers are faced with being diagnosed with the disease or having to care for loved ones suffering with Alzheimer's. It is a progressive disease and many families are struggling with trying to cope the heart wrenching emotional impact of the disease.
From personal experience, I took care of my mother who struggled with the disease and discovered ways to ease the pain of living with Alzheimer's. I found that it is a disease that is present in most families, but rarely talked about. However, when I mention the book I wrote "My Ladybug's Alzheimer's Journey", there are a lot of people hurting as a result of being diagnosed with the disease or families that have been diagnosed.
Have you or a family member been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease? What are your concerns?